Thoughts & Things

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Thoughts & Things

Can you make Chess an RPG?

That’s not a challenge, or maybe it is.  I just discovered John Wick’s Post about Chess is not an RPG, as have a lot of other people, and this came up on my radar because of the mention of Chess ...
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D&D 5e Apprentice Character Update

So, I’ve been play testing and starting off each new player with an Apprentice (level 0) character. Everyone thinks it is running awesome, and it’s cool to start the character at level 0, and only have the background. But they ...
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D&D 5e Psionics

Okay, so after working with Star Frontiers using D&D 5th edition rules,  I just realized that I needed to figure out Psionics. This will probably be in the DMG, but I don’t wanna wait (it wasn’t!!!). So where do I begin, ...
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Star Frontiers / D&D 5e Conversion Part 2

So here is the continuation of my Star Frontiers conversion using Dungeons & Dragons Fifth edition core rules.  I’ve been tweaking things, and pulled the equipment side out of the character creation.  I created the Astronaut class, and changed the ...
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Star Frontiers / D&D 5e Conversion Part 1

Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 | Part 4 | Part 5 Okay.  There are three role playing games that I liked back in the ’80s from TSR: Dungeons & Dragons, Star Frontiers and Top Secret. With the ...
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So I’ve been thinking of Minions.  Minions surrounding the players and being hacked to pieces (the minions hopefully), only to be replaced by another one as their master/leader runs away to safety. Specifically taking some of the features of 4th ...
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Apprentice Characters

The topic of creating Apprentice or Zero level characters came up in a discussion group. and I’d like to do a quick writeup with my thoughts about creating one for 5th edition Dungeons & Dragons.  A zero level character can ...